I am one of the lucky ones who has a view of the Pacific Ocean from my living room window. Our home was purchased 22 years ago when it was doable on teacher salaries. I sit out on my upstairs deck and watch the waves curl angrily on windy days and gently on mild spring and summer days. The year the whales came through and put on a show caused drivers to pull over to watch the majestic scene. The sunsets are as if the sky spilled out orange, red and yellow paint while the sun creates the light show. Often it brings me to tears of gratitude for this little tropical haven.